Social media is a good way to stay in touch with old friends, new friends the friends you’ve had a life time, and family near and far.
Social media keeps us updated on milestones, medical conditions, even lengthy complaints about one’s life when they are stressed, also known as free therapy. We see the selfies, we may roll our eyes at, but hey, let someone feel good, we all know one selfie usually requires a hundred plus pre- shots before the one selfie appears on our news feed. So no harm, no foul. We also may get a toothache from some friends posting mushy loving emotions on their significant others page. We may think ourselves, why do it on social media when they are probably in the next room? But hey, we cannot be for certain what their motives are, nor do we really know their location. So suck it up, buttercup. Hey you reading this, remember love is good, hate is ugly.
I can go months without any drama or dysfunctional minds posting something rude, out of line, or just straight out idiotic on my post to get me riled up. MY page, MY post, have a disagreement, just be respectful. Pretty simple, right? I know you know it’s a lot more complex than that.
You see, I don’t really enjoy getting my heart pounding, my anxiety ramped up to the point I feel like I’m going to explode if I don’t retaliate with my own opinion. That’s part of who I am, my impulse control is weak. I want what I want, when I want it. I say what I want, when I need to. But make no mistake, I do it tactfully and within social norms. I’m not going into lie, after all honesty is always the best policy. The truth is; I’ve allowed my impulses to take charge and binge write an unruly thing or twenty thousand, on occasion, when someone really pushes my button on something I’ve posted on MY own page. I do not go out of my way to post rude or argumentative comments on others pages.. My issue is what people feel they can do to others on social media. I’m sure most of you have fell victim or done something you had no business doing at least once, twice, three times the lady… Sorry, I couldn’t resist the Lionel Richie lyric that popped into my mind..
People policing social media like a petulant child is ridiculous and screams unstable, it’s no ones job, certainly not mine. It’s like a criminal that goes out looking for trouble and cries poor me when they find themselves in the slammer, AKA, blocked, deleted, and erased from one’s internet life, yes, people do have lives off the internet, some should try it, it’d do you some good. The harsh reality is for some that’s the only life they have, sad, yes, but let’s be honest once again, it’s true that some have pathetic lives, more likely sitting in dirty sweatpants while shoveling in massive amounts of junk food in their pie hole….These individuals ladies and gentlemen are usually the one’s that enjoy making others miserable via the internet. After all, misery loves company. It’s easier to stir the drama pot when they can hide themselves behind a screen, and type as if they are invincible.. Attention Kmart shopper, you’re not invincible, your words can be evil and inflict harm to innocent bystanders i.e…effect peoples lives, children and careers. Over what? Your poor judgement and lack of a moral compass? Grow up, you’re not in High School. Hell the people who start majority of the chaos and blasphemous rumors don’t even have an education that allows them to be an expert on anything, alone a another person’s life, especially over a social media post. Do you not see how stupid and childish you look to others?
Step right up to the freak show. Free admission, after all it’s for your entertainment, enjoying it all at someone’s expense; the illusive Bystander effect; those who go along with the drama, the defamatory statements that are being spread through social media like an infectious disease throughout a third world country. Shame on you, I know you know better than giving into that sort of behavior shows you are weak and how much you suck as a human being..Congratulations, give yourself a pat on the back, you are now no better than the creator of the hate and rumors.
Moral of this story, you don’t have to agree with everything everyone post, but if you don’t like something, as your mother told you, if you cannot say something nice, don’t say anything at all. You don’t know what the poster is going through, what their motive is, or why they post what they do. There are no rules about what one can post, yes I see this may sound hypocritical. But no one is the all mighty judge of social media, nor why one would want to be. It may behoove you to consider that what may annoy you, others may find interesting, so move along. Don’t look at it, read it or comment being all mean, evil and almighty.